Mancow Says Waterboarding No Fake
June 1, 2009 at 1:18 PM (PT)
MANCOW MULLER says that GAWKER's allegations that he faked his waterboarding on CITADEL MEDIA Talk WLS-A/CHICAGO are not true. The gossip website reported FRIDAY that an exchange of e-mails between MULLER's publicist and others looking for someone to waterboard MULLER described the event as fake, and the Marine who performed the act, KLAY SOUTH, told GAWKER, "I know nothing about waterboarding. I had never done it before, I have no formal training in it, and I've never had it done to me. The only thing I knew was what I saw on the internet. I went to waterboarding.org and looked it up. I just did what I was told—poured the water on his face and that was it. I'm probably the last person they should have had do it. I didn't know what I was doing."
On his website, MULLER wrote, "I am not a magician. Many news cameras were there! Obviously, it was on the radio and I wasn't in prison. I'm also not a radicalized Muslim terrorist. But it was not a hoax! I repeat: NOT A HOAX. We kept telling management, the insurance companies, and the local CHICAGO cops we weren't really going to do it until we did. Otherwise, they weren't gonna let us do it! We got a U.S. Marine that told us he had studied how to do it and he volunteered to waterboard me in return for a mention of his charity.
"I was on a decline and I was waterboarded. Was I in chains? No. Does that make it less real? I am failing to get the point attempted by my detractors. We never claimed it was an exact recreation. The CIA technique is exactly what we did: 1. Keep the chest elevated above the head and neck to keep the lungs "above the waterline." 2. Incline the head, both to keep the throat open and to present the nostrils for easier filling. 3. Force the mouth open so that water can be poured into both the nose and mouth.
"Sorry, I thought for years it wasn't torture and now I do. The video is there for all to see. The left has taken my message and distorted it as well. Would I waterboard to save my daughters (or any American children)? Yes! The three terrorists that were waterboarded at GUANTANAMO were done so by military professionals. And it was done to save lives with America's best interests at heart. Mine was a silly radio time filler in comparison. It's apples & hand grenades!
"It would be insane to equate what I did with anything that happens in prison. I am simply a free man in a radio studio that always tries to get inside the big issues. This is an ugly issue with no easy answers. But I now see it's easier for some to dismiss me than to do any real soul searching on this very heady issue."